Unlocking the Heart of Adoption filmmaker Sheila Ganz is working on a new documentary, Moms Living Clean. On August 23, there will be a free work-in-progress screening and Q&A at the San Francisco Art Institute. Below is a letter from Sheila with details.
I am pleased to announce the work-in-progress screening of the 90 minute documentary MOMS LIVING CLEAN and Q&A discussion with the filmmaker, Sheila Ganz.
Saturday, August 23rd
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
(between Leavenworth and Jones)
Admission is Free. Seating is limited.
to RSVP call: 415.564.3691, or
email: [email protected]
This feature documentary sheds light on the issues and individuals exploring opposing ways of dealing with substance abuse ~ treatment vs incarceration. The film chronicles six mothers in a women and children’s residential treatment program over three years, from entry through transition, where they learn recovery and good parenting skills, and attempt to become self-sufficient. There is Rachel, a victim of abuse, who learns to speak her truth. Lisa S was in prison for using and selling drugs feels a sense of responsibility for her daughter. Leslie forgives herself for her past prostitution and gains a feeling of pride. Intersecting with their stories is the progression of drug policies aimed at pregnant and parenting women. MOMS LIVING CLEAN combats the stigma and sheds light on the myths impacting these vulnerable moms and kids, and promotes whole-family treatment, where mother and children stay together, as an alternative to punitive laws and the breaking of family ties.
We are excited about the film and the steady progress toward completion. Your feedback is important at this stage of the process. So we hope you can make it to the screening and discussion.
Additionally, we are fundraising to complete the film by 2009. With a $100 donation you can have your name, or someone you designate in the credits of the film. If you are unable to attend the screening, information about making a tax-deductible donation is on the film’s website: http://www.momslivingclean.org.
Our goal is to inspire women and mothers in recovery and promote greater understanding of the underlying issues for their family and friends, social service professionals, law enforcement, policy makers and the general public.
Experts now agree that the most productive way for society to deal with substance abuse is to treat it as a health issue rather than punitively. By helping the mother to stay in recovery and become self-sufficient, she will be able care for her children and end the cycle of abuse and neglect.
I look forward to seeing you at the work-in-progress screening of MOMS LIVING CLEAN!